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Windows 2k3 cluster service install (raid drives fail after cluster install)

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I am trying to install a cluster on windows 2003 server.  I have a dell powervault raid array that is shared between two dell servers.  I have two seperate disks created one for quorum and the other for all other data.  I am able to access those disks fine until I try to install the cluster service.  

During the install of the cluster service it fails when trying to bring the disks online.  Once the install is "complete" those disks are inaccessible.  I cant seem to find much on this subject on google or here.  Can someone point me in the right direction?
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Is the *complete* (and *not* just the single components!) hardware cluster-certified?

The Microsoft support policy for server clusters, the Hardware Compatibility List, and the Windows Server Catalog
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309395

If so, then try to install the cluster by following this article:
Guide to Creating and Configuring a Server Cluster Under Windows Server 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=96F76ED7-9634-4300-9159-89638F4B4EF7&displaylang=en
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It is in the compatibility list and I am following the guide you posted.

Any other ideas?

Thanks,
Joey
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As soon as I uninstall the cluster service, the drives become active again and I can open/write to them.  When I go back and install the cluster I get through the first step (analyzing cluster) and it says it is successful.

The next step is creating the cluster service and it goes through creating the cluster.  It has an exclamation point by configure resources.

Resource 'Disk Q:' failed. Check Event Log. Dependent resources might fail too.
Resource 'Disk R:' failed. Check Event Log. Dependent resources might fail too.

In the event viewer I get Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error on both disks.

I have the logs if you would like me to post
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Is the other node turned off when you install the cluster service on the first node?
Anyway, this is probably a hardware or driver issue; make sure you're using the latest drivers and that they are installed correctly.
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It is turned off.  I am using the latest drivers.

I am in the process of trying this...
 

This is caused because the Cluster Service tries to gain control of the SCSI ID and is unable to do so. To solve this problem, you need to go into the Perc Card bio and change the adapter to Cluster Mode. Then you will be able to assign the drive as a Cluster Resource.

NOTE: You have to change the drives from write cache to write through. This will decrease the perfomance of the drives.
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Please close this question, the above post worked.
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